Center for Research and Security Studies
Program: Da Sime Jaj
Field Story #1: Anwar Anjum, Swat
Field Story #2: Abdur Razaak, Peshawar.
Field Story #3: Tahir Rasheed, Kohat
Field story#4: Ayesha Khan, Swat
Anchor Person: Saima Gul
âA powerful earthquake hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the other day leaving many people dead and injured. Almost two thousand homes were razed to the ground and the death toll may continue to rise. Malakand division including the worst affected Shangla, Dir, Chitral and Buneer faced the severe damage with scattered casualties across the whole province. Rescue operation has been initiated by the government and assessment is still procured for the whole damage. People are being warned against the aftershocks and precautionary measures are the need of the hour. Many people have complained that facilities at the hospitals are not up to the mark and patients are facing serious problems. While women in the beautiful region of Mata in Swat are demanding training centers to impart necessary skills to them so that they can earn a living for their families.â
Saima: Dear listeners, your host Saima Gul offers you a warm welcome in the programâ Sabawoonâ. It is an effort by CRSS and our segment for today is Da Sime Jaj. FM 101.5 is the frequency through which you can listen to this program. We pray for your safety in the devastating earthquake that hit Pakistan yesterday. Everyone should try to help others. You can share your views information through our telephone number. Our telephone number is 091111000101. If you want to send us a message then you can send it through 03335807111. Our email address is email@example.com. Your feed back through any means will be highly appreciated.
Dear listeners, earthquake is a natural calamity. The reason behind this phenomenon is that movement of the tectonic plates beneath the earth surface, cause the earth to tremor. We also know that Islam stresses that when sins are in abundance hen God cause the earth to shiver. We should repent our sins and pray for our safety. We have suffered too much due to the earthquake on 8th October. Our first report is from Malakand which was badly hit by this recent earthquake. It is reported by Anwar Anjum.
REPORT: Anwar Anjum, Swat
The other day, Malakand was badly hit by the earthquake. Almost 130 people have died with one thousand injured. Many homes are destroyed. Osman Gul is the Commissioner in Malakand who says that all the seven districts in Malakand are affected. Shangla District is the most affected area. Information is still flowing while government has initiated the rescue operation,
âcausalities are almost 137 in Malakand while the injured people are 835. Many homes are demolished numbering almost 1500. Divisional headquarter is set up in my office for the rescue operation where we have established the control room. We are in direct consultation with the military and police. Information is received here.â
In Saidu Sharif, Abdul Ghafoor has come from a remote area of Kabal to accompany a patient in the hospital, who told us that devastation has occurred in the remote areas,
âKabal is mostly destroyed. Two women have died while injured are serious. Situation is very bad. We request the government to extend speedy rescue operation there and compensate the affected people.â
Bilawal Jamshed has also brought an injured person here told us that health facilities are scarce in the main hospital. Patients are faced with serious problems,
âI have seen many patients vomiting but there is no system of cleanliness. Here are almost thirty patients in this ward and patients are crying but nobody is here to help them. We have also seen almost thirty children brought from Shangla and Kalam. They have nothing warm to cover them.â
Dr. Taj Muhammad khan is the in charge of this main hospital. He says that 130 people have died in Swat. 95 injured people are admitted in this hospital. Medical officials are treating them according to the available resources,
âwe had expert doctors in the hospital and many doctors have joined the hospital voluntarily now. Blood is being donated by many people.â
Oman Gul, Commissioner Malakand, added that all educational institutes are closed today to help the affected people. Help and support has been asked for. Pakistan armed forces are also mobilized and they have set up rescue camps in various affected areas. Roads have been reopened.
Saima: Dear listeners, you listened to the report about Malakand which is the worst affected region. Shangla and Kabal are torn apart and people are faced with a grave situation. People are in dire need of instant help. Our prime minister has returned from abroad and has visited the affected areas. According to recent reports almost 250 people have lost their lives with 1700 injured. Government has declared that after due assessment a good package will be announced for all the affected people. It is good to see that people are helping each other. A caller told us from Dir that they have not been approached by any rescue team and they are in dire need of instant help. Our second report is by Abdur Razaak from Peshawar.
REPORT: Abdur Razaak, Peshawar.
The recent earthquake left 1016 homes demolished in KP. 179 people have died while 1456 people are injured. PDMA has issued a report and according to it till now there are three people dead in Peshawar while 165 people are injured. Siraj Khan belongs to Peshawar told CRSS that every person was afraid on that day and still they are deterred,
âI was walking when the earthquake hit us. People were running from their homes. Many women rushed outside without veils and were crying. Homes in the interior city are so congested and old. Those people were really scared. Many patients had come to Dabgari garden to consult doctors and they were also scared.â
According to that report of PDMA, 101 people are injured in Mardan while three people have died. Mehmood Jan from geo Television told CRSS that architecture in Peshawar is very old which cannot withstand earthquake,
âHomes are constructed in Peshawar without any planning. If one home is falling then it will affect many more homes with it. People should undertake precautionary measures. Our people always repair their old homes and cannot afford to construct anew home. We should not be carless in this matter because many people die when such homes cave in.â
He added that government does not pay any attention to such congested areas. Earthquake can cause many casualties in these areas,
âNo ambulance can pass through these narrow streets. Fire brigade vehicle can also not approach these homes. An injured person will be transported to hospital after a long time when these narrow streets are to be crossed. It is a pity that people and government do not try to widen these streets and lanes. We have to bring a positive change in our behaviour.â
According to PDMA report, Malakand and lower dir are the worst affected areas in KP. There are 22 people dead in lower Dir with 248 injured while 286 homes are demolished. In Uppr Dir 15 people have died. It is also told in the report that in Shangla, 38 people have died while 82 people got injured when homes were destroyed. It is also told that in Hazara Divisoon, 15 people have died with 18 injured. Inayat Ullah khan, Minister local government, told CRSS that government has speed up its effort to help people,
âAs compared to the earthquake of 2008, the recent earthquake has affected the whole province. Chitral, Malakand, Dir and Buneer are the worst affected areas. Government has provided funds to the deputy commissioners sin all the districts. PDMA has also been instructed to provide all kinds of available facilities to the affected people. Prime minster has also been consulted by our Chief Minster. Military and all the relevant departments have been mobilized.â
Chief Monster of KP Mr. Pervaz Khattak has asked the PDMA officials to be in constant contact with the deputy commissioners to facilitate the affected people.
Saima: Dear listeners, you listened to the report about Peshawar in particular and the whole province in general. It also highlighted all the efforts by the government. We were told that Peshawar has many old homes situated in populated and congested areas. It poses many problems in time of such emergency. Our radio station is also affected and the crew is also scared here including me. We all must be very careful now because we may face aftershock for a couple of days. We must avoid buildings with glass during aftershocks. In any case we ought to secure our head in such situation. Panic has to be contained because it may cause further damage. We all must take precautionary measure. It is time to listen to our third report. It is prepared by Tahir Rasheed from Kohat.
REPORT: Tahir Rasheed, Kohat.
Yesterday, Kohat was also hit with a devastating earthquake like the rest of the country. 30people have injured in Kuram Agency. Emergency has been declared in all the hospitals in Kohat. Fazal Naeem, from the p[police department said that help line has been established in DCO office,
âYesterday we faced a high magnitude earth quake and as a result many homes got razed. We have received 14 injured people so far who are transported to various hospitals. DC Kpohat office has a help line now. Emergency has also been declared. DPO Kohat has visited various areas while police is high alert.â
In spite of declaring emergency in the hospitals, patients are getting no health facilities. A visit to laiqat Chilredern hospital displayed that people have registered complaints to the commissioner Musarat Hussain,
âA wall fell in a village killing one child and injuring other two.â
Muhammad Talha is my nephew and I have brought him to the hospital because he is injured in the earthquake. After the visit of the commissioner, he is treated well now.â
âWe have bought all the medicines from the open market and hospital does not provide us any.â
Musarat Husain visited the hospital after receiving complaints. He expressed his indignation and asked the official to do well. While talking to CRSS, he told that according to latest information, damage is not huge but still they are trying to get more information. He also told that aftershocks are expected and people are being made aware about it,
âWe have instructed all the officials to take precautionary measures. All the information had to be passed on instantly. Provincial disaster management has also been activated and all the departments are on high alert. We are ready to deal any situation. We have spread our staff to create awareness among the people.â
Saima: dear listeners, you listened to the report by Tahir Rasheed and all the problems faced by the injured in hospitals. Situation is not good at our hospitals and we learnt that Commissioner was annoyed with it in Kohat. Emergency has been declared in the whole country but we should try to help each other. Yaseen Ullah from Charsadda called us during the report and inquired about the total death toll. Our last report is from swat and prepared by Ayesha Khan. It is about the region called Matta and the problem of illiteracy and unemployment.
REPORT: Ayesha Khan, Swat, Matta
Natta region in Swat is surrounded by high hills near a river. Residents are living in green plains but still women in that area are lagging behind in the field of education and skills. Most of the women are living at homes after getting the early education. Women have no opportunity to utilize their education. Bushra is such a student, who says,
âEducation is as essential for life as breathing in modern times. I want to say that such departments should be established which can teach skills to our women. Such skills may be of various kinds like sewing and embroidery. Women should support themselves through these skills along with their families.â
In this area some of the women are trying personal efforts to run training centers for such women. But due to lack of local and national support these centers are not as effective as required. Gul e khandana is an owner of such a center, who says,
âWomen are facing many problems in social center because NGOs are not considered good. They do not look at the matter from Islamic point of view. Our Holy prophet and Hazrat Omar undertook such social activities. Funds were collected from the wealthy people and were distributed among the widows and orphans.â
This area is badly affected by the militancy and many women have lost their husbands and sons. These women are suffering a lot. Gule Khandana says in this regard,
âWe opted for this center because women here are faced with many problems. When a women gets widow then she is not educated enough to find a job. So we thought to have such a center after consultation with local women. Initially I started training them free of cost and then I registered my NGO.â
People are demanding fro concrete steps by the government to help out these widows to support their families.
Saima: it was a bit different as compared to other reports in the show. but it was an important report because women in that region also deserve our attention who have lost their bread earner during militancy. These women need assistance and training to be able to support their families. We were introduced to a lady who has established a training center for such women. Her efforts are praiseworthy. Our people need to bring a change in their perception and attitude about such Non Governmental Organizations. Education and employment opportunities are the rights of all citizens. At the end we pray for the safety of all our countrymen. It is good bye for now.